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  1. 1. Vol. 70 No. 9 March 2, 2012 Word of the month: Dignity Afghan strategy Officials reaffirm pledge By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The rioting and killings that have followed the accidental burning of Qurans by coalition personnel will not change the NATO strategy in Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Feb. 27. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are fully committed to continuing operations aimed at turning over security responsibility to Afghan forces by the end of 2014, Little said. Panetta and Dempsey “believe we have achieved significant progress in reversing the Taliban’s momentum and in developing the Afghan security forces, and they believe that the fundamentals of our strategy remain sound,” Little said in a Pentagon news conference, joined by Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. John Kirby, who spoke to the Pentagon press corps from the Afghan capital of Kabul. Afghans rioted following the revelation that NATO forces inadvertently burned Islamic religious articles, including Qurans. Four Americans have been killed, including two officers serving as advisers in the Afghan interior ministry in Kabul. It is important that the recent events not blind people to the progress being made in the country, Little said. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, in partnership with Afghan national security Photo by Andrea Sutherland forces, is making progress in defeating al-Qaida and its terrorist allies and denying Stick and move Pfc. Maximino Ramos, left, listens to Staff Sgt. Charles Leverette, All-Army head coach and assistant coach of the them the ability to maintain a safe haven in Afghanistan, he added. Afghan rioting is decreasing, with only World Class Athlete Program at Fort Carson, between rounds of the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships at three demonstrations held Feb. 27, Kirby said, the Special Events Center Tuesday. Ramos, a Soldier from Fort Bliss, Texas, lost the match 9-8. See page 13 for more. See Strategy on Page 4 Message board INSIDE Call 526-0096 for current Fort Carson reporting procedures and road conditions. Page 11 Pages 30-31 Page 17
  2. 2. 2 MOUNTAINEER — March 2, 2012 MOUNTAINEERCommanding General: Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson ‘Mountain Warriors’ deploying knowing Families in good handsGarrison Commander: Col. Robert F. McLaughlinFort Carson Public Affairs Officer: Dee McNuttChief, Print and Web Communications: By Col. James J. Mingus mold our units into capable and cohesive fighting force. Rick Emert Commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, Our brothers and sisters in 3rd Brigade Combat Team 4th Infantry Division were critical in the success of our training at JointEditor: Devin Fisher Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La., providingStaff writers: Andrea Sutherland As the brigade’s preparations for deployment move into support to our rotation, allowing the brigade to focus on Staff Sgt. Wayne Barnett their final stage, and our time at home grows the fight and ensure that we faced theHappenings: Nel Lampe short, Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Griffin and most tactically and technically challengingSports writer: Walt Johnson I wanted to take a moment to express our rotation possible.Layout/graphics: Jeanne Mazerall heartfelt thanks to the Fort Carson community Our Air Force and Special Forces for the amazing support you have provided partners helped teach air drop resupply in the past year as we have trained for our skills and critical skills to our fire support This commercial enterprise newspaper isan authorized publication for members of the deployment to Afghanistan. Soldiers, which will greatly enhance ourDepartment of Defense. Contents of the Feb. 16 marked a bittersweet day for firepower and sustainment capabilities.Mountaineer are not necessarily the official the “Mountain Warriors” of 4th Brigade I know, without a doubt, that theview of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government or Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, as we support of the Fort Carson communitythe Department of the Army. Printed circulation officially cased our colors in preparation to will save the lives of 4th Brigade Soldiersis 12,000 copies. The editorial content of the depart our mountain home of Fort Carson and innocent Afghan civilians.Mountaineer is the responsibility of the Public and assume our duties in Afghanistan. I would be remiss if I failed to mentionAffairs Office, Fort Carson, CO 80913-5119, During the past year, our Soldiers have the tremendous support that Fort Carson’sTel.: 526-4144. The e-mail address is been engaged in a comprehensive training support agencies have provided to The Mountaineer is posted on the effort to deal with the tactical and cultural complexities of the fight in Afghanistan. Mingus brigade during its intense training and the establishment of a fully-functional 4th BCTInternet at The Mountaineer is an unofficial The 4th Brigade is trained and ready to deploy, fight and Rear Detachment command. Our Soldiers know they canpublication authorized by AR 360-1. The defeat our nation’s enemies because of the hard work focus on the mission at hand, because they know theirMountaineer is printed by Colorado Springs and dedication of the Soldiers, noncommissioned officers, Families will be well taken care of during the deployment.Military Newspaper Group, a private firm in officers and Families of the brigade. Fort Carson is blessed to have access to fantasticno way connected with the Department of theArmy, under exclusive written contract with But, we would not be where we are today without the support systems including Family readiness groups; ArmyFort Carson. It is published 49 times per year. hard work and dedication of the 4th Inf. Div. leadership and Community Service; Directorate of Family and Morale, The appearance of advertising in this the Fort Carson community in supporting and enabling our Welfare and Recreation; military Family life consultants;publication, including inserts or supplements, training. Division and Mission Support Element mentorship Evans Army Community Hospital; the garrison chaplain’sdoes not constitute endorsement by the has been instrumental in assisting with the development of office; and many, many more. Taking care of FamiliesDepartment of the Army or Colorado SpringsMilitary Newspaper Group, of the products or our leaders and staff during multiple training events. The is a deliberate operation requiring skill and compassion,services advertised. The printer reserves the members of the garrison command and training support and we could not ask for our Families to be in betterright to reject advertisements. agencies ensured that we had around-the-clock access hands. Everything you do to support the mission truly Everything advertised in this publication to the world-class facilities of Fort Carson to shape and makes Fort Carson “The Best Hometown in the Army.”shall be made available for purchase, use orpatronage without regard to race, color, religion,sex, national origin, age, marital status, physicalhandicap, political affiliation or any othernonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron.If a violation or rejection of this equal Brain Injury Awareness Month Concussion symptoms can beopportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed,the printer shall refuse to print advertisingfrom that source until the violation is corrected.For display advertising call 634-5905. All correspondence or queries regarding physical, cognitive or emotionaladvertising and subscriptions should be directedto Colorado Springs Military NewspaperGroup, 31 E. Platte Avenue, Suite 300,Colorado Springs, CO 80903, phone 634-5905. The Mountaineer’s editorial content isedited, prepared and provided by the PublicAffairs Office, building 1430, room 265, Fort By Robin WiningerCarson, CO 80913-5119, phone 526-4144. Regional education coordinator, Releases from outside sources are so Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Centerindicated. The deadline for submissions to theMountaineer is close of business the week Have you had a head impact that “rang your bell?” If so,before the next issue is published. TheMountaineer staff reserves the right to edit you may have had a concussion.submissions for newspaper style, clarity and Concussion or mild traumatic brain injury is the mosttypographical errors. common form of traumatic brain injury. Symptoms of most Policies and statements reflected in the concussions resolve on their own within days or and editorial columns represent views A traumatic brain injury is a blow or jolt to the headof the individual writers and under nocircumstances are to be considered those of that disrupts the normal function of the brain. TBI severitythe Department of the Army. is determined at the time of the injury and may be classified as Reproduction of editorial material is mild, moderate, severe or penetrating. An injury or impact thatauthorized. Please credit accordingly. involves an alteration or loss of consciousness with an onset of symptoms within the first 24-48 hours is what defines a significant concussion or mTBI. Symptoms that can occur after a TBI can be physical, cognitive or emotional. Physical symptoms include headaches, sleep disturbances, dizziness, balance problems, nausea/vomiting, visual disturbances, light sensitivity, ringing in the ears and fatigue. Classified advertising Cognitive symptoms include slowed thinking, poor 329-5236 concentration, memory problems and difficulty finding words. Display advertising Emotional symptoms include anxiety, depression, 634-5905 irritability and mood swings. Each of these TBI symptoms can also be associated with Mountaineer editor other illnesses, conditions or events, especially if symptoms 526-4144 don’t appear directly after the injury. It is important to be checked out by a provider if there is an injury event followed Post information by a loss or alteration of consciousness. If you are deployed 526-5811 when it happens, a medic can help. This can help you get the Post weather hotline appropriate evaluation, education and rest for optimal healing. 526-0096 See Brain on Page 4
  3. 3. March 2, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 3Army Family Action PlanDelegates to bring 8 new issues to leaders Story and photo by Rob McIlvaine transition, we need to understand where assistance or problem, being creative is being part of the Army News Service is required, and where resources may be applied solution,” Austin said. most effectively. The issues being worked by the four working ARLINGTON, Va. — The annual Army “Two things I’ve asked you to do this week: I’ve groups this week fall under four headings: FamilyFamily Action Plan Conference has brought 53 asked you to be critical, but I’ve also asked you to be support; medical, dental and wounded warriors;delegates here this week from garrisons across the creative. Being critical is helping to identify the issue personal well-being; and Soldier support.Army to discuss 51 issues important to Families, Also, during this week, the General Officerwounded warriors and Soldiers. Steering Committee was working on resolving 37 These issues — brought up through the AFAP issues, some of which entered AFAP as early as 2002.process begun at the garrison level — were pared On Friday, members will be notified of the eightdown to eight Monday-Wednesday, and will be issues the working groups decide upon.presented to senior Army leaders Friday. The GOSC issues at this conference fall under “As Secretary of the Army John McHugh stated five major headings: wellness and behavioralat a congressional breakfast earlier this month, health (five issues), civilian employment (three),‘whatever challenges you face we are not going to Soldier support and entitlements (10), medical (10)balance this budget on the backs of our Soldiers and Family support (nine).and our Families,’” said Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, “We will continue to take care of Soldiers andArmy vice chief of staff. Families,” said Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, commander, “In fact, we have doubled the amount of U.S. Army Installation Management Commandspending we’ve had for Family programs over the and assistant chief of staff for Installation Management.last several years, from $600 million to $1.2 billion. “AFAP is critical to the delivery of the ArmyI promise you, Families are the nucleus of our Army Family Covenant because it gives our Army leadersand we will make sure that you are properly cared the expectations of the Army community. Through thefor,” Austin said, adding the delegates need to make AFAP process and this conference, you identifysure the Army gets it right, given the challenges faced quality of life issues to senior Army leaders for action.”after more than a decade of war. Anyone can get involved in the AFAP, he said. More Soldiers will be returning home and staying “It’s a program where anyone from a private to ahome, he said, and many of them are suffering the Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, Army vice chief of staff, spouse, retiree, wounded warrior, Gold Star survivoreffects of war: physical, mental and emotional, and addresses about 200 Army senior leaders, delegates or Department of the Army civilian can have a directwill need the proper care. and friends at the beginning of the Army Family Action See AFAP on Page 4 “As we begin the long and difficult process of Plan conference in Arlington, Va., Monday. UP $ UP TO TO 5,000 00 INSTAN CRED T! 5 000.00 I NSTANT CREDI T! 5,000.00 INSTANT CREDIT! 000 00.0 NS NST REDI DIT GOOD CAR ALARM SALE! BET B TER BETTER BEST $ $ 19 19 29 29 $ 39 39 $ $ $ 19 19 15 15 19 19 STORE HOURS: No Payments ‘ti Next Mon h! No Payment ‘til Next Month! ayments ‘til Next Month! yments ti ext on e t il nth S. Academy Blvd. X In the Mission Trace Shopping Center MEMBER 392-0181 Minimum six months employment and checking account required to finance. All models similar to illustr tion. Some quantities limited; subject to prior sale. *Cash, credit card, or debit card on these items. s employment required illustration. ra d
  4. 4. 4 MOUNTAINEER — March 2, 2012Strategy forces who have suffered casualties forces work with 330,000 Afghan weaken our resolve through thesefrom Page 1 attempting to quell the violence,” Little security forces to defend the country. cowardly attacks is severely mistaken,” said. “We respect the right of all “Together, they f ight in very he said.noting that ISAF leaders have joined with Afghans to peaceful protest, but further difficult situations, building trust and The coalition will emerge from theAfghan President Hamid Karzai in urging bloodshed serves neither the coalition mutual respect despite recent incidents,” challenges stronger and more unified,calm and an end to violent protests. nor the Afghan people, who are the press secretary said. Little said. “We appreciate the steps President themselves falling victim to violence.” The spirit of American, coalition and “There is much at stake inKarzai is taking to quell violence in the Little said the relationship between Afghan forces will be tested throughout Afghanistan, and our commitment tocountry, and we commend the hard work ISAF forces and their Afghan partners the campaign in Afghanistan, Little said. our mission and our strategy will notand sacrifice of the Afghan security remains strong, pointing out that U.S. “Anyone who believes they can waver,” he said.Brain speech therapist, occupational therapist the primary clinics on post.from Page 2 and physical therapist. Each of the Knowledge and awareness are Correction providers has specialized training, important for recognition and patient Servicemembers have several places skills and equipment for treatment of participation in treatment of concussion. The Feb. 24 issueto go at Fort Carson for evaluation and persistent TBI symptoms. The length Fort Carson has many opportunities for incorrectly stated theinformation about a concussion, including of treatment varies from a couple of you to find out more about these types ticket price for thethe Soldier Readiness Processing visits to several months, depending of injuries. Four “Back to Basic” TBI Mountain Post SpousesCenter/ Medical Readiness Center, on the needs of the patient. Treatment classes and one “Beyond the Basic” Club Viva Las Carsontheir primary care manager or through is available to adult active-duty TBI class are offered monthly; email Casino Night held April 14monthly classes offered by the Defense servicemembers and Families. Retirees robin. for from 6:30-11:30 p.m.and Veterans Brain Injury Center. may be seen on a space-available basis. schedule. A new class, “TBI Overview,” at the Special Events Specialized treatment for ongoing All patients are seen by referral only, is held every Wednesday at the WRC Center. Tickets, whichsymptoms related to concussion or which can be made by providers at from 8-8:30 a.m. and 8:30-9:30 a.m. for are $15, may be purchasedTBI are offered on Fort Carson at the the SRP, MRC or PCMs at any of servicemembers and Family members. at the commissaryWarrior Recovery Center. In observance of Saturday, March 30, 31 andThe WRC is a model March being Brain April 12 from 11 a.m. toclinic in the Army for For more information Injury Awareness 2 p.m., or at the Fort Carsonevaluation and treatment Contact: Month, information Exchange March 17 and 31,of patients with ongoing • Robin Wininger, regional education coordinator for Defense and will be available every April 7 and 10 from 11 a.m.symptoms related to Veterans Brain Injury Center, 526-8636, Friday at the Fort Carson to 2 p.m. TicketsmTBI. Treatment is • Linda Plasters, nurse case manager at Warrior Recovery Center, Exchange from 9 a.m. purchased at theindividualized according 526-4911, to 2 p.m. Stop by and event cost $ the needs of patients Visit: register to win a brain • Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, Proceeds benefitand may include specialists bicycle/skateboarding the MPSC Welfaresuch as a neurologist, • Brainline, helmet and learn more • Military Brainline at Scholarship Program.physician assistant, social about concussions andworker, neuropsychologist, available resources.AFAPfrom Page 3impact. Through AFAP, you can helpshape the Army. What you’re doing this ACS updates local issuesweek touches our Army Families, and Army Community Service being briefed at Family readiness group meetingsall Army components: active, Army and deployment briefings. This issue has beenReserve and Army National Guard,” Nearly 150 active-duty Soldiers, Family members, closed as resolved.Ferriter said. retirees and Department of Defense civilians of the • Outdoor Recreation and Information, One point of the AFAP conference, Fort Carson community gathered in September for Tickets and Registration complex hours ofAustin said, is to keep as many the fiscal 2012 Army Family Action Plan. operation. Discussion of this local issue during theprograms and services as possible, Of the 58 issues submitted during the past year, most recent Garrison Commander’s Steering Committeewhile eliminating redundancies. 13 issues were prioritized for action meeting resulted in the Directorate of Family and “We’ve been transitioning over and resolution. Morale, Welfare and Recreation conducting a test ofthe past 10 years,” Austin said. “And Here is an update on alternative hours of operation. A noon to 8 p.m.because of the hard work done by issues No. 6-10 being worked schedule one day a week is beingpeople like you, our Families have on Fort Carson: considered. The pilot will beproven that they are resilient, our • Stabilization following advertised in the MountaineerSoldiers are resilient, you have special-duty assignments. This and on the DFMWR web page.worked hard to make that happen, issue will be resubmitted to the It was also noted that if ayou have helped us create programs fiscal 2013 conference scheduled customer was being servedthat are just remarkable, but we have for Sept. 12-14. prior to closing, that servicedemonstrated that as an entire force, • Deployment related travel would be completed.that we are resilient, we’re agile, and costs. This issue will be resubmitted The fiscal 2013 Fort Carsonwe’re adaptive.” to the fiscal 2013 conference AFAP Conference is scheduled AFAP creates an information scheduled for Sept. 12-14. for Sept. 12-14. Issues canloop between the global Army Family • Casualty assistance be submitted through Aug.and leadership. Information provided benefits. A post-conference 1. Collection boxes arethrough this process gives com - review clarified that there located at ACS, buildingmanders and leaders insight into are numerous programs 1526; the Hub; Familycurrent satisfaction detractors, quality and services available Connection; Balfourof life needs and expectations of to all “Department of Beatty CommunitiesArmy constituents. Defense” eligibles who Joel Hefley Community Since AFAP began in 1983, results experience the loss Center and the Armedhave included 126 legislative changes, of a Family member. Services YMCA on177 Army and Office of the Secretary Organizations such as Army Jet Wing Boulevard.of Defense policies changed and 197 Community Service, Survivor Local issues specific to Fortchanges and/or improvements to Outreach Services and Religious Support Office Carson should be submitted through the Interactiveprograms and services. are just a few examples. An aggressive educational Customer Evaluation program at The Army is the only military program will be explored. index.cfm?fa=site&site(underscore)id=347. Forservice that has instituted such a • Deployment emergency child care protocol. more information on these issues and the Fort Carsongrass-roots program, yet the results The policy pertaining to this issue was updated AFAP visit all branches, with about 60 Dec. 11 and is available to all units. It is currently or email of AFAP issues applicableacross the Department of Defense.
  5. 5. March 2, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 5Chandler cites renewed emphasis on professionalism By Rob McIlvaine Army News Service a renewed effort and focus over the next several years. “It’s easy to see competence. You take a look at a counseling statement, or an evaluation, or you ask WASHINGTON — With the successful completion the Soldier a few questions about his or her job.of the mission in Iraq and a continued transition to “It’s not so easy to see character and commitment.Afghan security forces, the Army will begin to For that, you really have to know someone. Youreduce force structure. really have to be that leader — the kind who It will also identify the qualities needed by this guides, mentors and leads by example.”downsizing force, said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Chandler said he talks about these threeRaymond F. Chandler III in a recent roundtable on characteristics as he travels around the Army andSoldier professionalism. talks with Soldiers. “For me, there are three criteria to identify “And I talk about being professional — it isprofessional Soldiers: competence, or the ability to do the cornerstone of being who we say that we are.your job and do it well; character — the understanding “Our Soldiers have shown this professionalismthat a Soldier acts on behalf of the nation, rather than over and again the last 10 years of conflict. It’s goinghis or herself; and commitment — which is a personal to take professional Soldiers and leaders to tackle somecalling to serve in the Army and the nation, before of the issues we’re faced with now: post-traumaticall else,” Chandler said. stress, post-traumatic brain injury, wounded warrior Over the next six years, Chandler said the care, suicide, sexual assault and harassment, hazing,Army will reduce its active forces end strength and to manage our drawdown and transfer, andfrom 570,000 to 490,000, which will include the transition Soldiers with dignity and respect backreduction of at least eight brigade combat teams. into the civilian world,” Chandler said. “We are committed to accomplishing these cuts The Army must meet these head on, he said, toin a controlled and responsible manner. But I want ensure Soldiers are not only receiving the care theyto stress — even though we are in a transition, our need, but also are maintaining good order andmission has not decisively changed. It’s to prevent discipline expected of the United States Army Soldier.war by our capacity, readiness and modernization, “I, along with the Army senior leadership, amshape the environment in which we operate and committed to this and will not rest until we makewhen called to combat, fight and win our nation’s significant and lasting improvements in all of thesewars, decisively,” he said. areas and more,” he said. While the Army focuses a lot on competence, Over this past year, Chandler, who said he’sChandler believes that character and commitment need very proud to be part of the Army team, has traveled about 200,000 miles as the sergeant major of the Army. “We’ve proven ourselves “And wherever I go, I can’t help but be in awe of the professionalism, dedication, and sacrifice Sgt. 1st Class Scott D. Turner Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, shown speaking at the Heroes Breakfast prior to the U.S. in every engagement our Soldiers and our Family members and civilians Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio Jan. 7, recently display every day. Our Army is quite frankly the and continue to display best trained, best manned, best equipped and best said the Army will identify the qualities needed in its Soldiers as it downsizes. led force in our history,” he said, adding that the physical and Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Army Chief conflict to better understand the Soldiers’ role as of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno and he are proud professionals, from senior Army leadership down to mental toughness long of what Soldiers and civilians have accomplished the lowest private in the formation. associated with the over the past decade. “We’ve proven ourselves in every engagement “Professionalism is built on a bedrock of trust — the positive relationship between the American word Soldier.” and continue to display the physical and mental toughness long associated with the word Soldier.” people that is based on mutual trust and respect. Only by military effectiveness performed through — Sgt. Maj. of the Army Chandler also said the Army has spent the last honorable service, by an Army with high levels of Raymond F. Chandler III few years analyzing and dialoguing about how to trustworthiness and esprit de corps, can the Army use the experience gained from the past decade of truly be a profession,” Chandler said. SHIN SA DONG Spouses Eligible for TriCare Orthodontic How Much Are Coverage to Age 23 You Leaving On The Table? KOREAN RESTAURANT Are Your Taxes We have delicious foods with the best prices! Done Right? We always have 8 or more side dishes that come with every food for FREE! 10% Military Discount* MARK J. BENTELE, DDS, MS, PC We make tasty foods such as: (COL, USAF, RET) ORTHODONTICS FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN Saturday and after-school appointments available. MILITARY ID CARD HOLDERS RECEIVE Your Taxlady 3845 E. 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  6. 6. 6 MOUNTAINEER — March 2, 2012Army MOH recipientspeaks to AFA cadets By Andrea Sutherland Mountaineer staff twice as hard if they respect you as a person.” because all of my men came back and none of them got hurt.” Petry encouraged cadets Petry drew the comparison In the theater of Arnold to lead by example, to have of his training exercise to theHall, 3,000 Air Force Academy confidence in their decisions battle that earned him the Medalcadets sat in silence, fixated on and to learn from failure. of Honor.the Army noncommissioned “You’re going to make “I look at this as a positiveofficer standing on stage. mistakes,” he said. “It’s how you story,” he said. “I had the “I am honored to be here learn from those mistakes and unfortunate loss of one of ourwith you,” said Sgt. 1st Class mitigate them that will make guys that day, but I got twoLeroy Petry, Army Ranger and you a great leader.” other Rangers that survived.”Medal of Honor recipient and Petry advised cadets to Petry earned the Medal ofkeynote speaker at the 19th learn from their NCOs. Honor May 26, 2008, after hisAnnual National Character and “Attach yourselves to your Ranger regiment encounteredLeadership Symposium. “You counterparts,” he said. “Be a enemy fighters near Paktyaguys are taking the first steps of sponge. Know your weaknesses Province, Afghanistan. A staffyour career path. I see a lot of and your strengths.” sergeant serving with Companyyoung Soldiers who look up and He also stressed safety, D, 2nd Battalion, 75th Rangersay, ‘I want to be just like Sgt. recounting a time when he had Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-Petry.’ But the truth is, it’s the to tell his commanding officer McChord, Wash., Petry bravedleaders. There are so many great that a situation was unsafe and enemy fire despite injuries toleaders all around. … You’re a jump training mission had to both of his legs to save twogoing to be leaders.” be canceled. comrades. Petry spoke to cadets at the “I made the call,” he said. “I “We all go out there thinkingFeb. 23 event about leadership, said it isn’t safe to jump. … My we’re Superman,” he said.highlighting the qualities he company commander looked at “Well, unless that grenade was Photo by Mike Kaplanvalues in his officers. me and said, ‘Are you sure?’ He made of kryptonite, I’m not Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry answers questions from Air Force “Mutual respect is key,” he really wanted to jump. I said, ‘I’m Superman.” Academy cadets Feb. 23 at the 19th Annual National Charactersaid. “The (enlisted Airman) positive.’ We ended up linking According to his Medal of and Leadership Symposium. Petry, an Army Ranger and Medal ofwill follow you because of your up with the rest of our force 24 Honor recipient, was a featured speaker at the event, which See Petry on Page 12rank, but they’re going to push hours later, but it was worth it focused on character development and leadership. NOW IS THE TIME TO CAPITALIZE ON YOUR CAREER. 4331 Centennial Blvd. 1813 North Circle Drive Garden of the Gods & Centennial Circle & Constitution 635-2020 632-2020 CLASSES FORMING NOW, ENROLL TODAY! 4319 Integrity Center Point 1130 Lake Plaza Drive Master of Arts in At Colorado Christian University, NW Corner of Powers & Barnes Lake Ave & Lake Plaza (next to Culvers) Curriculum and Instruction you will: 634-2020 578-2020 WWW.ABBAEYECARE.COM , other Master of Business Administration Tuition discounts available for Exams as young as 6 months of age Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, and their spouses. Voted #1 Eye Care in Colorado Springs The Independent & The Gazette Ft. Carson 576-5151 Air Force Academy 472-0524 Peterson AFB 574-5252
  7. 7. March 2, 2012 — MOUNTAINEER 7Miscellaneous or overturned latrines. physical. Call 524-1461 or visit the website at The Fort Carson Trial Defense Service office — Sergeants’ Barracks Program — moved to is able to help Soldiers 24/7 and is located at building 1454 on Nelson Boulevard. The hours building 1430, room 240. During duty hours, Hours of Operation of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday- Soldiers should call 526-4563. The 24-hour Friday. The FSBP Office assists Soldiers with phone number for after hours, holidays and DFAC hours — Fort Carson dining facilities operate room assignments and terminations. For more weekends is 719-358-3275. Questions can also under the following hours: information call 526-9735. be submitted by email to FtCarsonTDS@gmail. • Wolf — Friday-Thursday, 7-9 a.m.Work Management Branch — The DPW Work com. Know your rights. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), 5-6:30 Management Branch, responsible for processing Legal services — provided at the Soldier p.m. (dinner). work orders — Facilities Engineering Work Readiness Processing site are for Soldiers • Stack — Friday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 Requests, DA Form 4283 — recently changed its undergoing the SRP process. The SRP Legal a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), no dinner. Monday- hours of operation. The Work Management Office will only provide powers of attorney or Thursday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 Branch, located in building 305, will be open for notary services to Soldiers processing through the p.m. (lunch), 5-6:30 p.m. (dinner). processing work orders and other in-person SRP. Retirees, Family members and Soldiers not • Warfighter (Wilderness Road support from 7-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. in the SRP process can receive legal assistance Complex) — Closed Friday. Monday-Thursday, Afternoon customer support is by appointment and powers of attorney at the main legal office 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. only, call 526-2900. located at 1633 Mekong St., building 6222, next (lunch), no dinner.Veterans Affairs claims and benefits — Veterans to the Family Readiness Center. Legal assistance • 10th SFG(A) LaRochelle — Friday, 7-9 can get assistance through the Veterans Services prepares powers of attorney and performs notary a.m. (breakfast), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), no Group, Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. for services on a walk-in basis from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. dinner. Monday-Thursday, 7-9 a.m. (breakfast), walk-ins and 3:30-4:30 p.m. for appointments. Mondays-Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch), 5-6:30 p.m. The VSG is located at The Retired Enlisted 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. (dinner). Association Chapter 1 at 834 Emory Circle in • In-processing — Monday-Thursday from 7:30- Colorado Springs. For more information call Briefings 10:30 a.m. 719-337-0086. • Initial issues — Monday-Thursday fromSergeant Audie Murphy Club — The Fort Carson Casualty Notification/Assistance Officer training 12:30-3 p.m. Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meets the third — is held March 20-22 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • Partial issues — Monday-Thursday from Tuesday of each month at the Family Connection in the Family Readiness Center, building 6237, 12:30-3 p.m. Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The room 104. This training is required for all • Cash sales/report of survey — Monday- SAMC is open to all active members and those Soldiers asked to perform this solemn duty. Per Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. interested in becoming future SAMC members. Army Regulation 600-8-1, this duty is limited to • Direct exchange — Monday-Thursday The club was originally a U.S. Forces Command those in the ranks of sergeant first class to command from 12:30-3 p.m. organization of elite noncommissioned officers sergeant major, chief warrant officer 2-5 and • Partial turn ins — Monday-Thursday but is now an Armywide program for individuals captain and above. No reservations are required from 12:30-3 p.m. who have met the criteria and have proven to attend training. Classes offered on a first-come, • Full turn ins — Monday-Thursday from themselves to be outstanding NCOs through a first-served basis. Call Jean Graves at 526- 7:30-10:30 a.m. board/leadership process. Contact the SAMC 5613/5614 for more information. • Unit issues and turn ins — Call 526- president, Staff Sgt. Thomas Witt, at 526-5661 Disposition Services — Defense Logistics Agency 5512/6477 for approval. for more information. Disposition Services Colorado Springs, located Education Center hours of operation — TheRecycle incentive program — The Directorate of in building 381, conducts orientations Fridays Mountain Post Training and Education Center, Public Works has an incentive program to prevent from 12:30-3:30 p.m. The orientations discuss building 1117, 526-2124, hours are as follows: recyclable waste from going to the landfill. DLA processes to include turning in excess • Counselor Support Center — Monday- Participating battalions can earn monetary rewards property, reutilizing government property, Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 for turning recyclable materials in to the Fort web-based tools available, special handling of a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Carson Recycle Center, building 155. Points are property and environmental needs. To schedule • Army Learning Center — Monday- assigned for the pounds of recyclable goods turned an orientation, contact Arnaldo Borrerorivera at Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in and every participating battalion receives money for receiving/ • Defense Activity for Nontraditional quarterly; the top two battalions receive an additional turn in; Mike Welsh at for Education Support and Army Personnel bonus amount. Call 526-5898 for more information reutilization/web tools; or Rufus Guillory at Testing — Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and about the program. 12:30-4:30 p.m.Directorate of Public Works services — DPW is Retirement briefings — are held from 8 a.m. to Medical Activity Correspondence Department responsible for a wide variety of services on noon the second and third Wednesday of each office hours — The Correspondence (Release of Fort Carson. Services range from repair and month at the Joel Hefley Community Center Information) Office in the Patient Administration maintenance of facilities to equipping units with conference room, 6800 Prussman Ave. The Division hours are Monday-Wednesday and Friday a sweeper and cleaning motor pools. Listed Retirement Services Office recommends spouses 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed Thursday and below are phone numbers and points of contact accompany Soldiers to the briefing. Call 526-2840 federal holidays. Call 526-7322 or 526-7284 for for services: for more information. more information. • Facility repair/service orders — Fort Reassignment briefings — are held Tuesdays Claims Office hours — are Monday-Friday from 9 Carson Support Services service order desk can for Soldiers heading overseas and Thursdays a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. The Claims Office is be reached at 526-5345. Use this number for for personnel being reassigned stateside. The located on the first floor of building 6222, 1633 emergencies or routine tasks and for reporting briefings are held in building 1129, Freedom Mekong Street. Shipment under Full Replacement wind damage, damaged traffic signs or other Performing Arts Center; sign-in is at 7 a.m. and Value claimants must submit Department of facility damage. briefings start at 7:30 a.m. Soldiers are required Defense Form 1840R to the carrier within 75 days. • Refuse/trash and recycling — Call Eric to bring Department of the Army Form 5118, Shipment under Defense Personal Property Bailey at 719-491-0218 or email eric.e.bailey4. signed by their unit personnel section, and a pen Program claimants must log into the Defense when needing trash containers, trash to complete forms. Call 526-4730/4583 for Personal Property System at is overflowing or emergency service is required. more information. and report all the items online within 75 days. • Facility custodial services — Call Army ROTC Green to Gold briefings — are held Claims must be submitted within nine months Bryan Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s. the first and third Tuesday of each month at directly with carriers to receive full replacement for service needs or to noon at the education center, building 1117, value for missing and destroyed items. All other report complaints. room 120. Call University of Colorado- claims should be submitted to Fort Carson Claims • Elevator maintenance — Call Bryan Colorado Springs Army ROTC at 262-3475 for Office within two years of the date of delivery or Dorcey at 526-6670 or email bryan.s.dorcey.civ more information. date of incident. Call the Fort Carson Claims Office ETS briefings — for enlisted personnel are held the at 526-1355 for more information. • Motor pool sludge removal/disposal — first and third Wednesday of each month. Briefing Call Dennis Frost at 526-6997 or email sign in begins at 7 a.m. at the Soldier Readiness Building, building 1042, room 244, on a first-come, • Repair and utility/self-help — Call Gary first-served basis. Soldiers must be within 120 BOSS Grant at 526-5844 or email gerald.l.grant2.civ days of their expiration term of service, but must Use this number to obtain self-help attend the briefing no later than 30 days prior meetings are tools and equipment or a motorized sweeper. to their ETS or start of transition leave. Call held at 10 a.m. • Base operations contracting officer 526-2240/8458 for details. the first and third representative — Call Bruce Gronczniak at 526-9262 Special Forces briefings — are held Wednesdays in Wednesday of or email for building 1430, room 123, from noon to 1 p.m. each month at questions on snow removal, grounds maintenance Soldiers must be specialist to staff sergeant the Foxhole. For and contractor response to service orders. from any military occupational specialty, have • Portable latrines — Call Jerald Just at a general technical score of at least 107, be a information, 524-0786 or email to U.S. citizen, score 240 or higher on the Army call 524-BOSS. request latrines, for service or to report damaged Physical Fitness Test, and pass a Special Forces
  8. 8. 8 MOUNTAINEER — March 2, 2012Fort Carson SHARP to be ‘one-stop shop’ By Staff Sgt. Craig Cantrell4th Infantry Division Public Affairs EO program and made it a part of the SHARP program, combining sexual Program and the Sexual Assault Response Program,” said Lt. Col. the Army’s intent. Each SHARP mobile training Office harassment and sexual assault reporting Cynthia Shue, Fort Carson SHARP team consists of two government and recording into one program. project manager. “SHARP combines contracted instructors who train up Soldiers are being trained as “SHARP is a blended program, the best of both of these programs to to 50 SHARP representatives at aSexual Harassment/Assault Response taking the Prevention of Sexual make a one-stop shop for commanders time, explained Cushen.and Prevention representatives to Harassment aspects from the EO to address sexual harassment, which is “This program gets SHARP repre-provide commanders, fellow Soldiers seen as a precursor to sentatives familiar on how to deal withand civilians with a “one-stop” sexual assaults.” sexual assault victims and providesshop for victims of sexual assault. The Department of them with all the available resources they The Fort Carson Equal the Army directed all have to give to the victims, so they’reOpportunity and SHARP offices units to achieve 100 taken care of medically or mentally,”training, which began Jan. 23, percent SHARP trained said Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Bardo,enables Soldiers and commanders personnel by Sept. 30, SHARP representative, 4th Brigadeto transition seamlessly from according to ALAR- Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div.Sexual Assault Prevention and ACT 07/2012, published SHARP seeks to change culturalResponse to SHARP, which ensures Jan. 12. norms about what is acceptable throughvictims and complainants receive “The Department of training, education and applyingthe appropriate level of care in a the Army is revamping the basic principles of teamwork,manner consistent with current the way we deal with explained Cushen.All Army Activities messages sexual harassment and “The Army needs a program likeand directives, said Lt. Col. sexual assault,” said SHARP because there are humanDavid Cushen, 4th Infantry Master Sgt. Jose Colon, beings in this world, in and out of ourDivision and Fort Carson 4th Infantry Division military formations, who are eitherEO/SHARP program manager. sexual assault response unwilling or incapable of exercising In 2004, then Secretary of coordinator and SHARP the necessary self-control and decisionDefense Donald Rumsfeld ordered representative. “We want making necessary to treat others witha review of the Department of Fort Carson to be at the value and worth,” said Cushen.Defense policies and procedures for forefront of the fight.” Contact Cushen at 526-9468 forthe care of victims of sexual assault. The Fort Carson more information on the Fort Carson The review found that existing EO/SHARP office orga- EO/SHARP program.policies and programs aimed at Photo by Pfc. Andrew Ingram nized five two-week To report an incident of sexualpreventing sexual assault were Master Sgt. Jose Colon, operations noncommissioned officer, courses from January- assault, contact the 24/7 Fort Carsoninconsistent and incomplete. Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program, September for Mountain victim advocate response pager at 719- The Army has since incorporated 4th Infantry Division, trains a class of company, battalion and Post Soldiers to conduct 577-3171, or Army Community Servicethe sexual harassment portion of the brigade SHARP representatives at Fort Carson Feb. 15. SHARP training to meet at 526-4590 during duty hours.FLEXIBILITY This is PPCC. your life, not the other way around. That’s why we offer night, weekend and online classes, in addition to our regular weekday options. Flexibility is one reason why PPCC is one of the nation’s top 50 schools providing higher education to military and veterans. Visit us online to learn more. or call 719.502.2000 The people pictured are not actual service members
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  10. 10. 10 MOUNTAINEER — March 2, 2012‘Regulars’ enter new world of virtual training Story and photo by Pfc. Nathan Thome that we are getting more familiar with our crew and how they 1st Brigade Combat Team operate, so we can run more Public Affairs Office, smoothly,” said Tickle. 4th Infantry Division The simulation seems like a video game, but the operations Four Soldiers filled the are the same as a real tank,M1A2 Abrams Tank Simulator said capacity. Screens and buttons “The whole crew gets a feelilluminated the armor crewmen as of what it’s like to maneuver,they donned their Army combat shoot and fight with the tank,”helmets and checked their radios. said Groat. “I think theSettled into their positions, Soldiers really like this trainingthe team worked together to because it’s fun and what theyeliminate simulated enemies are here to do.”appearing on the screens. Allen said his team members “Regular” Soldiers assigned gained a better understanding ofto Company C, 1st Battalion, how they would work together to22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st perform their battle drills duringBrigade Combat Team, 4th their upcoming live-fire exerciseInfantry Division, conducted and during real-world operations.simulation training at the Close By the end of the event,Combat Tactical Trainer building each crew successfully navigatedon Fort Carson Feb. 21-23. the virtual world and eliminated The Company C Soldiers 1st Lt. Richard Groat, executive officer, Company C, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade its enemies.conducted the simulations for Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, spots an enemy on an M1A2 Abrams Tank Simulator screen “Working together is the onlygunnery and tank qualification and calls for fire at the Close Combat Tactical Trainer on Fort Carson Feb. 22. way a crew can operate,” saidwithout burning resources Tickle. “The better the crew canused during live-fire training, said ammunition shortages.” crewman. “This simulation required read each other, the more likely their1st Lt. Richard Groat, Company C During the simulation, Soldiers me to use pretty much every skill I’ve mission will be a success.”executive officer. used communication and teamwork to learned since basic training.” After completing their simulation “Digital training is crucial, successfully eliminate enemies and While the simulation lacked the training, the Regulars will begin rangebecause a live-fire would be like progress through the training. intensity of a live-fire exercise, the qualification to certify their tank crews.going out to shoot a rifle with each “Working as a team, communicating crewmembers used the more relaxed “In the end, we are hoping to gainbullet costing thousands of dollars,” and talking loud enough so our other atmosphere to gain confidence in their well-trained, lethal troops — ones thatGroat said. “This way, Soldiers are teammates could hear us was essential own skills and their comrades, said Pvt. are proficient with their individualgiven the chance to excel with their to complete the simulation training,” Neil Tickle, armor crewman. warrior skills, as well as their crewweapons without worrying about said Pvt. Michael Allen, armor “Another bonus of this training is tasks,” said Groat. Colorado Publishing Company